July 9, 2004Email to a FriendPrint
O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony. Psalm 6:2
The pain strikes suddenly and sharply. The lower back aches. The pain spreads up the spine. Movement increases the discomfort. Lying down helps, but even sleep becomes difficult. Day after day the pain continues. No relief in sight. Why is this happening? Who can help? We often live with pain – if not in the back, then the head or the chest or the stomach. When pain leaves, we often forget, but when chronic symptoms persist, we quickly wilt and lie helpless.
The psalmist struggles under affliction and cries out, “O LORD, heal me!” He adds, “I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears” (Psalm 6:6). No easy, pat answers for the problem of pain. No help from philosophical answers about the inevitability of pain or the beneficial results of maturing through pain. Like the psalmist, we turn to God in our despair. We ask for healing, for relief, for strength. God understands and can help. Later the psalmist exclaims, “The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer” (Psalm 6:9).
But most of all, we focus on God’s Son, who took on flesh and therefore experienced pain for us. He hurt when roughly handled and scourged. The nails through His hands and feet sent pain stabbing though His nervous system. And the hours of tortured breathing on the cross took their toll. In the process He conquered sin and death. Pain continues now, but God heals, soothes, and strengthens. Risen and ascended. Jesus will come again to take us to eternal life with Him, where there will be no more pain. He stands with us.
PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus, for enduring the pain of the cross so that I may live with you eternally. Amen.
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